Post by guy on May 3, 2019 6:13:44 GMT -8
In 2012 bought a brand new, base model Wrangler two-door. Manual transmission. No power door locks, windows, any of that stuff. It does have air conditioning and a hard top. Came with the 3.21 gears & open diffs and those stamped steel wheels.
From many years of driving 4x4's, I knew it needed some upgrades fast. Stumbled into a set of 16x9" wheels with BFG All Terrains. And bought a winch. After buying the Wrangler, didn't have a lot of cash, settled for an Engo, 10k with synthetic line. It's turned out to be a brute of a puller, but I still wish I had my old Warn M8000.
After a couple of years of wheeling the basically stock Jeep - I knew what else had to be changed for my purposes... So now:
Front & rear bumpers & rock sliders. Ya, they're cheap Smittybuilt ones, but they work.
Added some Vision X fog lights to replace the stock fog lights.
All sorts of HD steering & front end components.
Teraflex 2.5" springs (heavier rear springs to deal with heavy loads & towing)
4.10 gearing (HUGE improvement!)
Yukon "zip" air lockers front & rear
Underhood ViAir compressor
Custom driveshafts front & rear
Kept those 16x9's, and am running 285/75 BFG KO2 All Terrrains currently. I like them. That's about a 33x11.50.
ARB FRIDGE! Oh, my goodness! Likely the best thing I've added to the Jeep! Love this thing.
5 gallon Jerry can on the side-mount (nice insurance on long trips)
I deliberately kept the height down, tried not to add too much weight.
Have been married almost 40 years, and Mama doesn't travel real light... Bigger tent, cots, lots of clothes... etc... So, when I stumbled into a great deal on a used Jackwagon Basecamp trailer I jumped at it! It's a simple aluminum box on a steel frame with electric trailer brakes. It's got the Timbren suspension, so no axle hanging low. The prior owner sold the RTT which had been on the trailer, and I look at that as a mixed blessing. I'm still just fine with a ground tent. And now the top of the trailer is clear for hauling other stuff!
The longest trip with the trailer was 3600 miles over three weeks through several western states last year. I was so impressed with how well it tracked behind the stubby two-door Jeep on and off pavement! We averaged over 16 mpg on that trip, towing the trailer the whole time. The trailer will carry a thousand pounds, which is way more than I've ever needed or wanted on a Jeep trip. It makes a great place to carry extra fuel, water, firewood, etc... I do a fair bit of hunting, and the trailer allows me to set up a more comfortable camp too. So far, I'm a big fan, except in heavy snow, off road... It's kind of an anchor then!
Seven years with the Jeep now, and a bit over 80,000 miles. It's been to: Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon & Washington. Nothing farther east than that, so far. Longest trip was to and from Fairbanks Alaska, from my home in Washington state. That was about 5,000 miles, round trip, over three weeks. Didn't take the trailer on that trip.
I've tried to keep the whole setup practical, inexpensive as I could, and useful. It's an awful lot of fun to drive and in my semi-retirement, I'm enjoying it tremendously.